Mobile County

Prichard Mayor voices concern over RESTORE Act funding snub

PRICHARD, Ala. (WKRG) - Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner held a news conference on Monday to voice concern over his city not being selected to receive any RESTORE Act funding.

As News 5 first reported last week, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council has awarded $315 million to the region to pay for various projects. The money is part of the RESTORE Act, which was created after the BP oil spill in 2010.

The funding includes about $118 million for projects in Baldwin County and about $161 million for projects in Mobile County.

"I understand that the City of Mobile is the hub of this area," Mayor Gardner said at Monday's news conference. "I support that, but if we don't start funding these other cities who may not have the budget that a city like Mobile may have, you're just a part of a problem in allowing these cities to deteriorate. Help them do better."

Mayor Gardner was critical of not having his city represented on the board which selected the projects.

"We got to look at a better way to make sure that everyone has a fair opportunity, beyond someone else suggesting 'my project is better than your project,'" Mayor Gardner said.

The mayor said one project submitted for Prichard would have pumped $15 million into the Alabama Village area to pay for various infrastructure projects that would have included culverts for better storm drainage and new sidewalks. 

The city was also looking to hire a developer to put in new housing and retail units.

You can read more about the projects that were selected for funding here.


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